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Today's News

  • Calabash sets merchants association meeting to unite area businesses

    CALABASH—An effort to unite businesses in the seafood capital is launching Thursday.

    An organizational meeting for a town merchants association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Calabash Photography Studio on Beach Drive, commissioner Forrest King announced at the Sept. 9 monthly town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will observe its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with a celebration at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    County commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • Local churches rally to bring 'Fireproof' to Shallotte

    Members of New Beginnings Church, led by pastor Brad Ferguson, were excited about seeing “Fireproof,” a Christian-themed movie from the producers of 2006’s “Facing the Giants.”

    “It had volunteers in the cast and no big names, but it was very well received in our area,” Ferguson said recently of “Facing the Giants.”

    When he and some of the church members heard about “Fireproof,” starring former teen actor Kirk Cameron as a firefighter in a troubled marriage who turns to God, they were excited about seeing it.

  • Remembering the events of 9-11

    It was a day to remember, as members of the Calabash Lions Club, VFW and American Legion standing on the N.C. 130 overpass in Shallotte reminded passing motorists.

    Many of those driving along U.S. 17 beneath them honked their horns to let the waving group know they hadn’t forgotten the seventh anniversary of 9/11, the day terrorist-directed planes brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York and also wrought destruction and death at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

  • CIS board member killed in wreck

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    A beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister all describe Stephanie Bessmer, but those who knew her will remember her for much more.

    Bessmer, 48, died Sept. 9 as a result of a weather-related wreck in Johnston County. She was on I-40 when her car hydroplaned during a rainstorm.

  • Varnamtown to celebrate incorporation

    VARNAMTOWN—Twenty years ago, this Brunswick County fishing village elected to become a town.

    On Sept. 20, 1988, 177 of Varnamtown’s 181 registered voters turned out to vote, with 102 voting “yay” over the 75 who said “nay.”

    According to a front-page story that ran in The Brunswick Beacon, incorporation committee member Marion Davis was certain of “at least several” instances in the tight-knit community in which brothers were on opposite sides of the issue.

  • A Taste of Brunswick County one of Gala's highlights

    Worldly cuisine prepared by local chefs will be available for sampling during A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children. The gala will be from 6-10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Eighteen local restaurants and caterers will make their specialty dishes and have plenty to share at the gala, which benefits Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS).

  • Teen arrested for robbing sno-cone lady at gunpoint

    A Longwood teenager is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center, charged with armed robbery.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Chris Barbour said Demetrias Watson, 16, robbed a woman selling sno-cones at gunpoint Sunday afternoon in the Longwood community near Ash.

    Watson was recently released from the detention center after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon in August.

    At press time Tuesday, Watson remained at the detention center on a $100,000 secured bond.

    Other incidents investigated by sheriff’s deputies include:

  • DRUG REPORT

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Mitchell Cliff Fowler, 41, of 1230 Skeeter Hawk Drive, Leland; charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers charged Noreene Burnett Shell, 54, of 4504 Old Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., with driving while impaired on Ocean Boulevard West on Sept. 14.